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Overnight Website Challenge

25 Jan

Typically The Blogunteer profiles non-profit organizations and volunteers…well, this post is a bit different because it profiles a great volunteer event: The Overnight Website Challenge.

The Overnight Website Challenge is the brainchild of The Nerdery’s Vice President of Marketing, Mark Hurlburt.  In October 2007, the company started planning for their first Overnight Website Challenge.  Now the volunteer driven event benefits nonprofit organizations in Minnesota annually.  

Numerous nonprofit organizations lack the financial and human resources to create an online presence that can successfully further their mission.  In today’s Internet age, a nonprofit without a good web presence probably won’t be as successful as they could be.  Technology can do so much for non-profits…build a community, raise funds, recruit, organize volunteers, communicate, and more!  Technology can also help a nonprofit be more efficient with their work, allowing more time in the day for doing what they do best – serving the community!

Through the Overnight Web Challenge event, The Nerdery also wanted a way to meet other web developers in the community who would serve as volunteers.  According to The Nerdery’s Communication Manager, Mark Malmberg, “More than anything, the Challenge gives Nerdery staff a meaningful way to give something back to their community, and when we consider all the collective good these organizations do in our community, losing some sleep to help them seems worthwhile.”

Volunteers arrive about an hour early to set up their workstations, and a few minutes before the 24-hour countdown clock begins, the event organizers inform the volunteer teams of their assigned, designated nonprofits.  During the first hour or so, web developers and designers learn more about their designated nonprofit’s mission and objectives and begin planning a course of action.

Nonprofits are instructed to expand upon the website-wish-list they created in their event application and to come to the event with a clear vision of what they want, and an open mind to what their development team can offer.  The challenge is now occuring in Minneapolis and Chicago each year!  

Just two of the 16 nonprofit organizations that received new websites in 2010 are Homeward Bound and Kinship

How can you help?

  • Volunteer to serve on a team.  Volunteers with talents in website development, project management, copy editing, graphic design, or other useful skills can learn more and apply online.
  • You can also help by spread the word about the Overnight Web Challenge.  You can even click here to tweet this post!

Learn more about the Overnight Web Challenge on their website or by following the web challenge on Twitter.  You can also follow The Nerdery on Twitter or Facebook.

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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Volunteer Profile

 

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